The Board of Advisors augments the governing Board of Directors by providing expertise on matters that advance the mission of the organization.
Katie Bowen, Independent Education & Adult Learning Consultant
Ms. Bowen works with schools and organizations working towards social change to develop and implement high impact professional development for their teachers and leaders. Previously, she was Senior Managing Director of Teacher Preparation, Support & Development at Teach For America, where she spent nine years leading teams to research, pilot, and scale strategies for training teachers and coaches. Her experience also includes work as a policy advisor at the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education, as a coach for new teachers, and as a 7th–9th grade mathematics teacher in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Bowen was an Education Policy Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership. She holds a Masters Degree in Teaching Secondary Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and History from St. Olaf College.
Donna A. Gaffney, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, National Expert on Trauma, Loss and Grief
Dr. Gaffney has long addressed trauma, loss and grief in the lives of adults, children and their families. As a psychotherapist she counseled young people in the aftermath of individual tragedies and national disasters such as the Challenger explosion, the Pan Am 103 crash, and Hurricane Katrina. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 Donna was a member of the New Jersey Traumatic Loss Coalition and the State of NJ Disaster Mental Health Services. Donna served on the Families of September 11 advisory board, facilitating one of the first online support groups for family members affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Much of Donna’s work takes place in communities and school systems. She created and administered the AAUW-funded bibliotherapy program "Growing Heroines” at one of New York City’s largest elementary schools to focus on the issues of trauma and loss facing young girls in urban communities. She has written teaching/discussion guides for young adult books (911: The Book of Help and Breath to Breath) and for documentaries, Rebirth and The Second Day. Donna is on the advisory board of The Shared Grief Project, writing and supervising the development of discussion guides for the video narratives.
In addition to academic publications, Donna is the author of The Seasons of Grief, Helping Children Grow Through Loss and contributes to the Huffington Post and OptionB websites. With a long history in classroom, experiential and online education, she has taught and developed programs at the International Trauma Studies Program, Columbia and Seton Hall Universities. Donna holds masters degrees from Columbia University and Rutgers University and earned her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her post-doctoral work includes the Prudential Fellowship for Children and the News at Columbia Journalism School and the International Trauma Studies Program. In addition to her role as Managing Director, Education and Programs at Project Rebirth, she is a consultant for the New York Life Foundation and serves as a consultant to Dr. Irwin Sandler’s Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families project at the University of Arizona.
Kevin Frick, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Dean for Education, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; Joint Faculty Appointment, Department of Healthcare Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Kevin Frick was trained as a health economist. He received his PhD in Economics and Health Services Organization and Policy at the University of Michigan. Professor Frick has been with Johns Hopkins University since 1996, spending more than 16 years at the Bloomberg School of Public Health before becoming Vice Dean for Education at the Carey Business School in April 2013. His research focuses on cost-effectiveness analysis in fields ranging from ophthalmology to nursing to cancer care. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed journal articles, of which he is principal author on more than 60.
Eric Vincent Guichard, Chairman and CEO, Gravitas Capital Advisors, Inc. & Founder and CEO, Homestrings.com, Inc.
Mr. Guichard is also currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GRAVITAS Capital Advisors, Inc. - an asset management firm he founded in 1996 (www.gravitascapital.com). GRAVITAS Capital advises global and sovereign institutional assets. Mr. Guichard is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Homestrings.com. Homestrings is a web-based investment platform that facilitates Diaspora investments into communities across the world. Projects and funds are selected for their prospective positive impact on the communities while generating the possibility of positive investment returns.
Mr. Guichard is a graduate of Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA (World Bank Scholar and Harvard Fellowship award), the University of Dakar (Cheikh Anta Diop), in Senegal, and of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Nardyne Jefferies, Founder of Stop Killing Innocent People (S.K.I.P.)
Nardyne Jefferies is the Founder of Stop Killing Innocent People (S.K.I.P.), a proactive prevention and intervention project aimed at urban youth and young adults. Following the death of her daughter Brishell, Jefferies became a vocal advocate at the local and national levels for initiatives related to gun violence and addressing the root causes of youth behavioral health issues. In 2012, Jefferies worked with the D.C. City Council to create a comprehensive youth behavioral health infrastructure in the District of Columbia aimed at transforming how the District addresses youth behavioral health issues, strengthening early detection of unmet behavioral health needs, and more effectively preventing future negative outcomes.
Jefferies has been a featured speaker at events across the country, including the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, Hampton University's Annual Conference on the Black Family, and the Peace Vigil to Uplift and Heal, as well as numerous town halls, high schools and churches. She also has appeared in multiple media appearances, including Essence, the Washingtonian, the Washington Post, The Washington Times and many others.
Michelle Palmer, Executive Director, Wendt Center for Loss & Healing
Michelle Palmer is the Executive Director of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing; a mental health agency in the District of Columbia specializing in issues related to grief/loss and trauma. Ms. Palmer received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the District of Columbia. Ms. Palmer has been living and working in the District of Columbia for fifteen years. Prior to serving as the Executive Director, Ms. Palmer worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in Zimbabwe, Africa where she developed a sexual and gender based violence response unit in the Midlands Province that was then replicated throughout Zimbabwe. As part of her work, Ms. Palmer has provided trainings locally, nationally, and internationally on issues such as grief in children and adolescents, the neurobiology of trauma, the impact of trauma on the ability to learn, HIV/AIDS, vicarious trauma, and next of kin death notification.
Alicia Moag-Stahlberg, Graduate student, The Chicago School for Professional Psychology & Former Executive Director, Action for Healthy Kids
After thirty years in the public health sector, Ms. Alicia Moag-Stahlberg has returned to graduate school to explore the inequalities of our nation’s mental health system. Ms. Moag-Stahlberg was the founding executive director of Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK), a nation-wide collaboration of more than national organizations and government agencies focused on reducing childhood obesity among our nation’s children.
During her career, Ms. Moag-Stahlberg has combined her experience in preventive medicine, research, and communications to consult on advisory board facilitation, strategic planning, professional marketing, constituency building, and issues management. Her work in the communications field has had an emphasis on food, agriculture, nutrition, and health.
Ms. Moag-Stahlberg has served as an adjunct clinical instructor at Northwestern University Medical School's Department of Preventive Medicine, after spending 10 years as a research nutritionist in that department. She has received several awards for her contributions to the field of cardiovascular nutrition, including three Gold Awards for Outstanding Services and the national "Time, Feeling, Focus" award from the American Heart Association (AHA). She earned her bachelor's and master's in science and medical dietetics from the University of Illinois - Chicago and is a licensed and registered dietician. As a mother, she is passionate about children.
Reed V. Tuckson, M.D., F.A.C.P., Founder, TUCKSON Health Connections & Former Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group
Over the course of more than 35 years as a health professional, Dr. Reed Tukson has had the privilege of engaging in nearly every sector of health and medical care, including serving as the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia; the Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Foundation; the President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; the Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the AMA; the Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 25 Health and Wellbeing Company; and now as the Managing Partner of Tuckson Health Connections.
His vision of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and integrated health care is regularly reinforced by his Presidency of the American Telemedicine Association and active service on Advisory Committees of the National Institutes of Health, including the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health; the National Academy of Medicine’s Health Sciences Policy Board, Member of the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, and Co-Chair of the Digital Learning Collaborative; the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association, Cell Therapeutics Inc., and LifePoint Health; the Board of Trustees of Howard University; and the Senior Clinical Advisor to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings epidemiology reports, among other activities.
A recognized leader in his field, he is proud to have been featured by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2012 as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” and noted several times by Modern Healthcare Magazine within its listing of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in healthcare.